One of the great advantages of laptops is that we can take them with us from one place to another. Of course, this also poses a risk, because they are exposed to falls, liquid spills and other mishaps. Do these most common causes of laptop breakdown sound familiar to you ?
Although some problems that notebooks offer are derived from their own conception. Very compact equipment, which is moved with us and which works in many cases through a battery. For this reason, throughout their useful life they experience stress in their operation, which a PC mounted in a box that does not move in years will not have.
A laptop under water
One of the most common breakdowns that affect these devices is liquid spillage . We are having coffee in front of the computer and you don't know how, but it ends up on the keyboard. In a desktop computer the keyboard is an easy peripheral to replace but in a laptop it is integrated. What's worse, underneath the keyboard are all the electronics that make it work..
That is why models such as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon already incorporate an anti-liquid keyboard , which ensures that all this electronics is protected in case any type of liquid spills on it. This protects the part where the motherboard, processor, memory and hard disk are located.
In the event of a spill, as a precaution, the ideal is to turn off the laptop and try to collect everything. If it is water there will be no more problems once dry. If it is a viscous liquid, such as sugary soft drinks or coffee, you will have to try to clean it very well, so that later the keys of the equipment do not get stuck..
The fall that the laptop fears the most
Models aimed at a more demanding audience add a reinforced chassis to protect it against drops and bumps . This is another of the most frequent failures in laptops. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon features a four-layer carbon fiber reinforced chassis and a magnesium alloy protective case for even more resistance against drops.
Be careful how you move it
Sudden movements or falls can also cause hard disk failures . This failure is more common with magnetic hard drives than with new SSDs, which are not affected by this type of problem to the same extent..
The electrical problems such as an overload, can cause a failure of the power supply. Fortunately, in notebook computers it is an external element and easy to replace. We just have to go to our manufacturer to request a new charger for our equipment.
The dilemmas with the battery
The battery is another element that can cause a problem . Especially due to exhaustion or poor maintenance, in those laptops that are always plugged in. In any case, it is something that happens less and less with the improvement that the batteries have suffered, highlighting their autonomy, which can vary from 16 hours in the high-end models to slightly less than four in the low-end models.
It would be necessary to differentiate those laptops in which the battery is easily replaceable by the user, since it can be removed. In this case, it would be enough to request another from the manufacturer. In the most compact models, such as ultrabooks, the battery cannot be easily removed by the user, so to replace it the ideal is to take it to an official technical service to have all the guarantees. It is also something that happens with the passage of time and it is possible that we renew the laptop before the battery of our ultrabook collapses.
Finally, since notebooks are designed to operate in a very small space, in summer and if the vents are not kept clean, they can suffer overheating that causes problems with the processor and the motherboard. In this sense, an efficient design and a chassis that helps to dissipate heat help to avoid these problems. If we are working on a table, a cooling base is always helpful in summer.
The truth is that laptops have improved a lot over the years and today they are powerful, reliable and above all very versatile and resistant equipment . Here the experience in the design of equipment is something to take into account when it comes to getting one of them.
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